Agile Explained In 5 Minutes

Agile Explained In 5 Minutes
Agile
has 3 themes of interest
Direction
Are we clear on the next most
important thing to work on?
Welcome changing requirements, even
late in delivery progress. Agile processes
harness change for the customer's
competitive advantage
See the whole
Are we co-creating solutions rather than
taking orders or imposing our solution?
Customers and team members work
together daily
Shared ownership and equal voice
Focus
Are we ACTUALLY working on the
most important thing?
Transparency of work and progress
Are we doing too many things to be
effective?
Stop starting and start finishing!
Execution
Are we delivering to our commitments?
Our highest priority is to satisfy the
customer through early and continuous
delivery of value
Build projects around motivated
individuals. Give them the environment
and support they need, and trust them to
get the job done
Delivering concrete value to our
customers is the primary measure of
progress
Are we getting better through
experimentation and learning?
At regular intervals, the team reflects on
how to become more effective, then tunes
and adjusts its behavior accordingly
Simplicity-the art of maximizing the
amount of work not done
Make it safe to be curious, experiment &
fail
Radical candour
has a number of premises
deliver early and often
experiment & learn as fast as possible
create the simplest possible thing that
works
treat work in progress as a liability
care and collaborate deeply
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History
Agile emerged in 90s as ALTERNATIVE to
waterfall approach
Waterfall means
document heavy
a plan decided upfront that is enforced
and protected with an iron fist
work delivered in large batches
in the belief that large batch size is more
efficient
Waterfall approach works when
you can precisely define the ACTUAL end state
at the start and the steps required to get there
you don't have surprises along the way
Applying the waterfall approach in a complex environment significantly
increases the risk and chances that a initiative wont be successful
Purpose of Agile
To deliver value to customers
faster, cheaper & better
Minimise bureaucracy
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